A LOCAL volunteer has told of her delight at receiving an OBE in the Queen’s 2018 New Year Honours List.

As the Herald reported last week, Joyce White from Saltcoats was recognised in the list alongside Elma Murray, chief executive of North Ayrshire Council.

Joyce is the chief executive at West Dunbartonshire Council and she is to receive her honour for services to local government, further education and to Girlguiding.

Joyce’s contribution to Girl Guiding Scotland has been part of her life since she joined the Brownies at the age of just seven.

She has held a number of roles in North Ayrshire during her time as a volunteer, including Brownie Leader and County Commissioner, the lead volunteer for Girlguiding in the local area, and is now County Vice President.

Joyce joined West Dunbartonshire Council in 2008, taking on the role of director of corporate service before being appointed chief executive in 2011.

She has also served on the Board of West College Scotland and the Audit Committee and Board of Clydebank College.

Joyce said: “To receive the OBE is a huge honour and I feel truly privileged.

“I’ve had so many lovely messages over the last couple of days and I want to thank everyone for their kind words and thoughts.

“I’m fortunate to work alongside many talented, skilled and dedicated people both in West Dunbartonshire and in my roles in the voluntary sector. I hope that collectively we have made a difference to the lives of many.

“As a Brownie we all pledged to do our best and that has always stuck with me. Guiding has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, and the award is great recognition for the association and all of the work they do.”

Moira McKenna, Girlguiding Scotland’s lead volunteer, added: “I want to say a huge thank you to Joyce.

“She has helped to inspire and empower hundreds of girls to enjoy new adventures, learn new skills, make new friends and have fun.

“Joyce brings endless energy and enthusiasm to all she does and her commitment to helping girls be their best is truly inspiring.”